Fracking in America

Fracking in AmericaEnergy independence. Two words that became very important in the U.S. politics. For years now, the United States has tried to lower its dependence on foreign oil for its energy needs.

With stability in the Middle East in question, drilling at home has never been more attractive, but it often comes at a cost.

Natural gas extraction - fracking - is being touted as the answer. The way fracking is taking place, there are questions being asked about the process and its implications.

People have been aware for decades that the rock formation known as the Marcellus Shale has natural gas trapped inside it. But it took professor Terry Engelder to figure out how much was there. And what he found shocked everyone.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/harry.nutzack.1 Harry Nutzack

    wow, tax free profits borne on the backs of a poisoned populace. this is the face of libertarianism. all the more shocking is that al jazeera is the information source that we have to rely on to bring it to light. i wonder what song those politicians would sing if they had to rely on that flammable water for drinking and bathing?

  • fonbindelhofas

    following the footsteps of Machine... one more suicidal keg in a clock of greed!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dan-Courtney/1439096893 Dan Courtney

    I can't believe this is happening in America. Are we really a democracy, or is it that the more money you have the more you can rape the land and screw your neighbors.

  • tomregit

    Sadly Dan, I think the answer to your question is obvious and becomes ever more clear with the passage of time.

  • tomregit

    I hope this doesn't come across as an ad hominem argument, but I have to say that your conservative hyper-patriotism coupled with your poor grammar, spelling, punctuation, and run on sentences is painful to read.
    Using everything in three counties and then paving it may be your most brilliant idea yet. You are a good corporate soldier who knows your country is the greatest ever, and will follow that line without question. Two hundred and forty years ago you might easily have been a conservative British patriot blinded by the love of your home country, right or wrong. In your many postings it would appear you believe that not only does might make right, but in fact they are equivalent. For your sake I hope that when you emerge from this dreamworld it will be a gradual awakening and not the more likely sickening jolt.
    The overuse and poisoning of groundwater is surely the ultimate desecration that can be inflicted on your land. Should fracking progress westward, the land above and surrounding the continually diminishing Ogallala Aquifer may be the next big job creation program for the paving industry.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LK6B2HGMK4EHZ6YJ3I6WFKY77U DigiWongaDude

    [getting my Michael Moore freak on...]
    If that american gorilla-in-the-playground can be subdued into frack-crapping in their OWN back yard for the next TWENTY YEARS :-0 I say let nature run its course with them. It'll be SOME relief to the world at least, to have the gorilla take its eye off the 'ball' in its pursuit of energy.

    Where's my sympathy? Meet the Frackers [27mins]* as seen on RT recently reveals how easy it's becoming to massage the money into americans to convince them to frack where they sleep, their own backyards...their neighbours...and their drinking water. Yeee-haa!

    What about the environment? Don't Panic! Think about it...all that devastation? Haliburton and friends can create some new clean-up companies and charge the taxpayers millions (i.e. get the lease money back) for the contracts! That's economic growth folks and jobs and...and...the American Dream!

    ...Except sadly, South Africa (amongst others) has seen this and wants to do it too, using the same denials and drool to drill.

    But that's ok, cause those new eco-clean-up corporation contracts can spread around the world cleaning up the mess with the U.S.A leading the way and showing the world how to do it - our saviours once again. God Bless You America!

    * Find it on YouTube to save my post having to be approved. If there's a way to post a link here without needing approval, I'm all ears.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LK6B2HGMK4EHZ6YJ3I6WFKY77U DigiWongaDude

    Seriously, such a shame about that guy who nearly lost is farm after the BANKS CRASHED THE SYSTEM, driving down the price of his milk. But along came Halliburton (or one of its cronies) and saved his farm with a fracking lease. Phew! Every little boy in America will soon want a big red Halliburton truck for xmas, and a red cloaked HAL super hero toy that speaks: "I'm Your Pal Hal". Wait a minute? Wasn't HAL the name of that psychotic computer in 2001...? Perfect.

  • Pythus

    wow kinda biased for aljazeera

  • joe johnson

    Aljazerra does the best documentries these days. As far as bias, why would they? They don't worry about selling soap flakes, or cans of soap or other crap that America buys mindlessly. The question I have is, if there sub par work didn't ruin those peoples water what did? Republicans once again put profits over people, how many will die before they wake up. At the minimum they should supply them with water forever it takes. It is the right thing to do.

  • planckbrandt

    Would be good to follow the money behind the banks and companies paying for the drilling and then buying up the wells once they hit shale gas. The money from Canada, Britain, Australia, Norway, China needs to be outed here. They are selling out our country so it becomes like an African country, a net exporter of natural resources with very few real jobs on at the extraction and hauling part. Nothing else will come of it. That is what global capital has done to Australia to gut their industries and unions. That is what global capital has in mind here. They've already got Corbett. The money pulling the strings from abroad that will get all the profits from here needs outing soon.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LK6B2HGMK4EHZ6YJ3I6WFKY77U DigiWongaDude

    If the flaming taps are not their fault and they've proved it's safe, why the need to get exemption from the Clean Water Act? The smoking gun?

  • http://www.facebook.com/extremiste100 Patrick Adrien Varencaus

    usa you will pay!!!

  • Matteo Bergamini

    The USA must be stopped from destroying the world. The USA can't crap on the world with out it striking back

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Various-Fish/100001717417389 Various Fish

    They do have an interest in keeping petrodollars flowing to the mideast, no? Oh yes, let's get partisan too. It's all the Republican's fault! Way to go, drone.

  • sknb

    It's both parties fault

  • sknb

    We already are

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZMK6YNWJACHQ5CRCJW5TNYFURI KsDevil

    I still believe that if the wells are properly lined and verified by independent inspectors, then fracking is safe.
    But if natural gas is a stop-gap for cabon enrgy, then I don't see any move by government or energy agencies in planning for the end of natural gas.
    However, the electric energy agencies seem to be ahead in the game.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/MXH4XCPECBRSU6D6QGOHZK7ITA David

    These are legions of idiots that will not be happy until we are all living in a one room log cabin with a candle for both heat and light. South Africa does not buy one gallon of oil off any country,it cleanly makes all of its nations gasoline from coal. We have a 200-300 year supply of coal in this country.It can and is being used every day to heat our homes.Over 50% of the electricity in this country is generated by coal.What hurts is when power companies are allowed to run old plants. The fact that some countries like China don't care about air pollution does not help.The life expectancy in some villages there is 42 yrs. because of nearby plants that pollute.Gripeing about something is Americas past time. If you want something to gripe about ...what about the death of the middle class in America? Our generation is the first that will be poorer than our parents or grand parents...Stabbing our industries in the back will not help that.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/WQQKUZM2BT6SLPOJ63B4UHEI7Y Chrosmata

    A lot of pointing the fingers going on in here. The problem is humans themselves are exploiters. And morality does play in our reasoning of how we exploit. Theres a hundred dollar bill on the ground, you decide somebody might have dropped it and will be back for it, so you put a rock on it, and walk away. The next guy comes along and its his lucky day. The truth is we're all not alike, we're similar, but far from the same. In that argument, if a bunch of us said its not worth the damage it's doing, so we won't consume it. The next guy is going to come along and say hell I'll sell this, you only live once right? The reality of fossil and nuclear fuel is they are both finite. The only true way to solve our problems with these fuels is to run out of them. And with one problem gone, a new massive one will open up. Keep in mind conventional oil peaked in 2006. The only thing keeping us progressing is non conventional oil. And it's not going to keep up pace with conventional on the decline forever. Total oil will be on the decline shortly, and I somehow guess that even environmentalist will sing the tune of we need to pump it. How am I ever going to get to work and pay for that flat screen I needed? And who wants to watch TV in a cold house?

  • http://twitter.com/aliasooze aliasooze

    Within your comment, lies the answer to problems like this. All politicians that support or bypass laws and allow this kind of thing to happen should be made to live right in the middle of it. This requirement should go for ALL CEO's of these companies and investers as well. They can buy these people's property and bulldoze the houses to build mansions with taxpayer money even. There would be no fracking or no nuclear plants if they were all living within 10 miles.
    It will never happen though because our politicians in the US don't even have to follow the laws they pass for us.
    The planet is dying. I knew things were really bad but when the media was kept out of the Gulf Oil Spill, I realized I might actually see the end in my lifetime. The media wasn't kept out but stayed out willingly. If I want witty banter I go to US sites. If I want a clue what is really happening I go to Al Jazeera, RT and other foriegn news outlets.
    The Bush family bought 100,000 acre ranch in Parguay, right over the Guarani Aquifer. Added bonus: Paraguay has no extradiction treaty. Before anyone comes back with Obama did this and that, SKNB was right, it's both parties. Anyone that doesn't see that is blind.

  • Katnea3

    I agree with all the opinions here regarding the multi dangers of "Fracking" upon mankind,animals and our planet.(sigh) Having said that... Most folks understand that this whole energy issue is due to greed period. However, most folks don't realize that clean FREE energy has been around since Nikola Tesla! (Perhaps even before Tesla's discovery!) The good news is that
    Dr. Steven Greer is soon to release a new documentary film called: "SIRIUS"
    via the internet. Dr. Greer's documentary film will prove (beyond a shadow of a doubt to all) that CLEAN-FREE-ENERGY has been around for ages!

    The reason this documentary can ONLY be released via the internet is because NO mass media dare air such a shocking "Truth-Bomb" of knowledge to the public! This video was created "For-The-People" and paid for "By-The-People" in order to spread this knowledge worldwide!

    BTW - The "SIRIUS" film was to have been released December 2012 but was not. I'm thinking the release date will be sometime in early 2013? I'm sure most of us can sort out the various reasons as to "WHY" Dr. Greer has not offered the public a 'specific' air date as of yet. Until then...we wait and watch for the release! ?

  • http://www.facebook.com/BPMrecordz Chris Tibb Miller

    they left out that hydro oil water and sand is detonated by a explosive to force that oil into the rock at the bottom of the drill hole

  • Rod Curtis

    They are owned by the royal family of Qatar for god's sake!